This is an overview of the Spring 2017 course offerings.
It will be adjusted on an ongoing basis, but do check the calendar for changes to dates and descriptions.
This is a course based on Sangye Khadro’s book, How to Meditate.
Feb. 9 Clarity of the Mind
Feb. 16 Continuity of the Mind
Feb. 23 Body of Light
March 2 Appreciating our Human Life
March 9 Impermanence
March 16 Awareness of Death
March 23 Karma
March 30 Purification of Karma
April 6 The Unsatisfactoriness of Life (Suffering)
April 27 Working with Anger
May 4 Emptiness
May 11 Working with Fear
May 25 Working with Attachment
This evening begins with a brief story of the Buddha’s life, and goes through some of his most important teachings that he gave.
The main focus of the course is an overview of the path to enlightenment as explained in Tibetan Buddhism.
This is a new course is based on the book The Art of Happiness by HH Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard C. Cutler.
This international bestseller (originally published in 1998) combines the Buddhist wisdom of the Dalai Lama with the western psychological perspectives of Dr. Cutler (an American psychiatrist). It explores how we can overcome everyday human problems and achieve more lasting happiness.
Each week we will look at the main points from one or more chapters of this book, and meditate on them.
April 25 Happiness and its causes
May 2 The path to happiness
May 16 Reclaiming our innate state of happiness
May 23 Dealing with loneliness
May 30 Deepening our connection with others
The Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim) is a step-by-step way to transform one’s unenlightened mind into an enlightened mind. The practices included in the Lam-rim also help us to deal with problems we encounter in life, to experience greater happiness and peace, to have better relationships with friends and family, and a more meaningful and satisfying life.